Local Sources - Indiana Senator Mark Messmer has issued a statement for Thanksgiving.
This week, Americans will gather with family and friends to honor our heritage and celebrate the many blessings in our lives.
Thanksgiving has been c ommemorated across the nation since George Washington issued a proclamation in 1789, urging Americans to give the Lord “sincere and humble thanks.”
It wasn’t until 1863, however, that Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Abraham Lincoln first proclaimed that Thanksgiving be celebrated annually, inviting all Americans to observe the holiday “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father.” Even in the midst of the Civil War, which tore families apart and drastically divided our nation, Lincoln wanted Americans to remember the gracious gifts bestowed upon them.
This holiday season, as we gather with family and friends, I encourage each of us to take time to consider our blessings and show appreciation for loved ones in our lives.
We should also remember those who are not be able to gather with family and friends this year, especially our men and women serving in the armed forces and our public safety officers, who are working to keep us safe this holiday season.
I'm especially grateful to the Hoosiers of Senate District 48 for allowing me to serve as your state senator. State government plays an important role in our community. Let us never take our liberty for granted and we must remain ever grateful.
God bless you all and have a Happy Thanksgiving.